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More volunteers needed at vaccination super station downtown

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 20:13:16-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — There has been slow traffic outside of the Petco Park vaccination super station as people wait hours in their cars for their turn to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Right now, staffing is an issue at the site.

“We need about 300 people a day to make this work smoothly, and anyone who can come and help with that effort is welcomed and incredibly appreciated,” said Layah Blacksberg, Director, Volunteer and Spiritual Care Services at UC San Diego Health. “We have a need for individuals to help with running things, supplies, and passing out information. With helping navigate where people are supposed to go and giving directions, helping to observe individuals after they received this shot.”

UCSD Health is looking for people who are medically trained and nonmedically trained to volunteer. They hope the extra help will ease up traffic concerns and make the process more efficient.

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“About 20 percent of staffing needs are being covered by community volunteers,” said Blacksberg.

There’s also a bit of a perk for those who choose to help out.

“Anyone who is volunteering at our vaccination super station will have the opportunity, if they choose, to be vaccinated,” she said.

Signing up to become a volunteer is done here through UCSD Health’s website. Volunteers must be 18 and older. Four, eight, and twelve-hour volunteer shifts are available. Volunteers choose what shift works best for them.

“I filled out an application, they did a background check on me, and then you sign several consent forms before you can start volunteering,” said Loretta Landholt, who has been volunteering at the site for about two weeks.

The registered nurse worked for UCSD for nearly 40 years before retiring.

She helps run supplies to nurses at the site and observes patients for any reactions after they’ve had their shot.

“I retired two and a half years ago. When the pandemic hit, you feel useless, like you should be helping somehow, and honestly, it was the first opportunity that I felt like I could do to help with the pandemic,” said Landholt. "It gives you a feeling of fulfillment and like you're doing good."

Volunteers are asked to cover at least three shifts.